Child abuse is a national emergency. New cases of abuse and neglect are reported at the rate of 1 every 2 minutes. It is our responsibility as a community to recognize the signs of abuse and the potential risk factors.
Possible Risk Factors for Abuse
Possible Signs of Physical Abuse
Possible Signs of Neglect
Possible Signs of Sexual Abuse
Possible Signs of Emotional Abuse
Fortunately, the State of Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program gives abused and neglected children a voice during judicial proceedings. These individuals represent the best interests of an assigned child and are a representative for the child before the court, social service agencies, and the community. Visit their web site for more detailed information or call the office at (321) 690-6823.
In addition, the Child Protection Team of Brevard County has been providing services to abused children and their families since 1980, and has been coordinated through Wuesthoff Health Services since 1984. The program is a part of a statewide network of medically directed multidisciplinary teams designed to enhance the assessment of child abuse cases. It is a member of the National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers and is the founding member of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard. To obtain assistance from the Child Protection Team, call (321) 259-1883.
Contact the Department of Children and Families at (800) 962-2873 to report abuse or visit their web site to obtain more information.